The Daily CCO: The Rumors are Flying and the Cubs are Talking

The buzz around baseball is focused on Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels. The Red Sox are getting “hit hard” on Jon Lester according to Ken Rosenthal and Boston is open to trading both Lester and John Lackey for “the right return.” The Dodgers, Brewers, Pirates, Mariners and Cardinals have been connected to the southpaws, but it is unclear if the red-hot Rays are going to move David Price.

On the Cubs’ front, teams are sniffing around Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell, and deals for at least those two players could be made prior to Thursday’s deadline (3:00pm CDT).

The Cubs made a trade Monday with the Dodgers and sent Darwin Barney and cash to Los Angeles for a PTBNL or cash. The Dodgers picked up $500,000 of the roughly $800,000 left owed to Barney for this season.

PrintJon Heyman reiterated Monday the Cubs will likely keep players such as Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan and not trade the two outfielders. The Cubs “rebuffed inquires by the Yankees and others for outfielder Justin Ruggiano and also are expecting to keep the rejuvenated Chris Coghlan.” But Jayson Stark reported Ruggiano is a likely option for the Yankees. And the Cubs are looking to trade Nate Schierholtz, but that deal might have to wait until August.

Teams remain interested in both lefty relievers, James Russell and Wesley Wright.

The Cubs “are at least as active as most teams in discussion as they near the trade deadline Thursday with several players still available” according to a report from the Sun-Times. And the front office could make a few deals prior to the deadline but maybe not as many as was expected earlier in the month.

James Russell

The Braves, Orioles, Nationals, Blue Jays and Rays have James Russell on their lists of targets for the bullpen and Mark Gonzales indicated the Dodgers were at Wrigley on Monday night to scout Russell. The Dodgers are looking for another lefty for their pen.

James Russell told the Sun-Times he would like a shot at starting again if he is not traded. Russell thinks he could be a starter and has talked to the front office about the possibility according to the report.

Emilio Bonifacio

According to a report from Mark Gonzales, add the Giants to the list of teams interested in Emilio Bonifacio. Gonzales reported Bonifacio “has attracted the interest of the Giants” to fill a hole at second base.

Several teams are believed to be interested in Bonifacio, including the Royals and Blue Jays. With the recent slide, it is doubtful the Reds would be interested in trading for Bonifacio at this point.

Other Rumors

The Mariners, Brewers, Giants and Blue Jays had scouts at Wrigley Monday night. The Mariners continue to look at Junior Lake, but according to Mark Gonzales, the Mariners “are casting a wider net in their hopes to fortify their chances of reaching the postseason.”

The Cubs have reportedly had internal discussions about free agent to be Justin Masterson. The Indians are “very willing to move Masterson for young, controllable starting pitching” according to Jeff Passan.

According to David Kaplan, the Cubs have told teams they will not move Jake Arrieta.

Kyuji Fujikawa

Kyuji Fujikawa may be close to returning to the Cubs. The Des Moines Register reported that Fujikawa was going on the road with the I-Cubs to continue his rehab, but according to a report from the Sun-Times he could return to the Cubs as soon as the end of the week.

Rick Renteria addressed when Fujikawa could be activated from the DL prior to Monday’s game. The Cubs skipper said the team wants to make sure he is “comfortable and pain-free” and he responded well after his back-to-back outings on Saturday and Sunday.

News and Notes

According to Baseball America, in the last three drafts no team has spent more over their bonus pool than the Cubs. The Cubs have spent $1,297,500 over their bonus pool allotment.

Eli Whiteside had an impact on Monday’s game and Tsuyoshi Wada’s first win. Whiteside and John Baker discussed Wada’s tendencies and what Baker could do to make Wada comfortable on the mound. Baker and Wada went over the plan on how they would attack the Rockies and Baker kept to the game plan that allowed Wada just to pitch.

Alfonso Soriano expects to take the rest of this season off according to a report from Jon Heyman. Soriano will decide in the off-season if he wants to continue his career next season.

The Mariners are scouting players on the Cubs roster … and Jack Zduriencik is holding up the trade market throughout the game according to a report from Ken Rosenthal.

With all of the lefties the Cubs are scheduled to face over the next ten games, Junior Lake’s chance is now according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

C.J. Edwards

C.J. Edwards took the mound Monday night in Arizona for what he is hoping his last start with the AZL Cubs before he returns to the Smokies. Edwards said he felt good after the game.

C.J. Edwards allowed one run on one hit with three walks and six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Over two outings in Arizona, Edwards has given up one run on two hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Minor News and Notes

Albert Almora (4-for-6 with a double, two RBI and three runs) and Addison Russell (4-for-6 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) went a combined 8-for-12 on Monday night with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored in the Smokies 11-8 victory.

Addison Russell has recorded multi-hit games in four of the last five games he’s played and is batting .366/.409/.780 with two doubles, five home runs and a 1.190 OPS in his last 10 games.

Juan Carlos Paniagua had a good game for Daytona. Paniagua’s second start was much better than his first.

This Day In Cubstory

2006 – Greg Maddux beat the Cardinals 4-2 at Wrigley Field and earned career-win No. 327 in his last start in a Cubs’ uniform. Maddux walked off the field to a thunderous, standing ovation.

1998 – Cubs traded Jon Garland to the White Sox for Matt Karchner

1988 – In an 8-3 win over Kevin Gross and the Phillies in Philadelphia, Rick Sutcliffe stole home. Sutcliffe was the first pitcher to steal home since Pascual Perez in 1984. Sutcliffe was on the front end of a double steal with Mitch Webster. Sutcliffe was the first Cubs pitcher to steal home since Hippo Vaughn in 1919.

1970 – The Cubs purchased Joe Pepitone from the Astros

1968 – The Angels purchased Dennis Bennett from the Cubs

1954 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Bob Anderson

1951 – Manager Phil Cavarretta hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Robin Roberts in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Phillies. The Cubs swept the doubleheader 5-4 and 8-6 at Wrigley and Cavarretta drove in seven runs in the two games.

1916 – Cubs acquired Otto Knabe and Art Wilson from the Pirates for William Fischer and Frank Schulte

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